Explanation: Each team is listed with its record, overall score differential, and its ratings. Brief explanations of the ratings follow.
In order to increase early-season stability, the three main rankings, the improved RPI, and the college pseudopoll include priors based on the previous season final predictive ratings and occasionally incorporating preseason predictions of various major publications. The other rankings for college sports do not include priors, and thus can be wildly unstable early in the year. A team whose rankings are affected by this prior is noted with a P following its rankings.

Full Ranking

                                                STANDARD   MED LIKELY  PREDICTIVE  IMPRVD RPI
TEAM           W  L    PF    PA  SCHED  ELOSS  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  P-SCR  P-OFF  P-DEF  H-SCR
ROCKETS       76 21 10819 10055  0.060 49.051    1  2.250    1  0.708    1  0.508    1 0.5708  3.923  0.653  0.362  0.000
WARRIORS      68 29 10943 10341  0.060 49.206    2  1.894    2  0.498    2  0.361    2 0.5522  3.965  0.722  0.001  0.000
RAPTORS       63 29 10229  9635 -0.004 44.621    3  1.748    3  0.412    5  0.285    3 0.5430  3.920  0.417  0.153  0.000
CELTICS       66 34 10376 10061 -0.002 49.222    4  1.617    4  0.356    8  0.149    4 0.5390  3.807 -0.269  0.567  0.000
76ERS         57 35 10092  9684  0.007 45.373    5  1.471    6  0.261    3  0.353    6 0.5293  3.928  0.526  0.181  0.000
CAVALIERS     61 38 10825 10734  0.010 49.653    6  1.467    5  0.270   12  0.112    5 0.5295  3.956  0.427 -0.204  0.000
JAZZ          53 40  9666  9337  0.075 48.224    7  1.382    8  0.210    4  0.352    8 0.5226  3.816 -0.026  0.731  0.000
PELICANS      53 38 10151 10051  0.043 46.671    8  1.371    7  0.212    7  0.151    7 0.5232  3.970  0.535 -0.232  0.000
THUNDER       50 38  9451  9197  0.028 44.313    9  1.302    9  0.170    6  0.173   11 0.5166  3.895  0.179  0.167  0.000
TRAIL BLAZERS 49 37  9083  8906  0.006 42.740   10  1.264   10  0.153   10  0.135   10 0.5169  3.862 -0.019  0.289  0.000
TEAM           W  L    PF    PA  SCHED  ELOSS  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  P-SCR  P-OFF  P-DEF  H-SCR
PACERS        51 38  9360  9207 -0.012 43.728   11  1.261   11  0.152   11  0.133    9 0.5176  3.857 -0.044  0.310  0.000
TIMBERWOLVES  48 39  9488  9349  0.046 44.558   12  1.242   12  0.142   14  0.098   12 0.5160  3.928  0.269 -0.073  0.000
SPURS         48 39  8908  8715  0.035 44.054   13  1.238   13  0.139    9  0.148   13 0.5145  3.799 -0.308  0.605  0.000
NUGGETS       46 36  9020  8899  0.002 40.745   14  1.212   14  0.129   13  0.107   14 0.5132  3.944  0.361 -0.146  0.000
BUCKS         47 42  9444  9473 -0.004 44.385   15  1.068   15  0.058   17 -0.005   15 0.5075  3.897  0.013 -0.023  0.000
WIZARDS       45 43  9385  9349  0.016 44.426   16  1.032   16  0.034   16  0.003   16 0.5037  3.893 -0.001  0.006  0.000
CLIPPERS      42 40  8937  8934 -0.005 40.814   17  1.021   17  0.027   19 -0.031   17 0.5021  3.954  0.273 -0.334  0.000
HEAT          45 42  8997  9012 -0.015 42.968   18  1.013   18  0.023   18 -0.006   18 0.5017  3.826 -0.334  0.321  0.000
PISTONS       39 43  8509  8521 -0.025 40.239   19  0.860   19 -0.074   20 -0.035   19 0.4918  3.847 -0.261  0.192  0.000
HORNETS       36 46  8874  8853 -0.029 40.043   20  0.691   20 -0.165   15  0.014   20 0.4821  3.931  0.204 -0.175  0.000
TEAM           W  L    PF    PA  SCHED  ELOSS  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  P-SCR  P-OFF  P-DEF  H-SCR
LAKERS        35 47  8862  8989 -0.016 40.807   21  0.667   21 -0.175   21 -0.052   21 0.4808  3.931  0.134 -0.237  0.000
KNICKS        29 53  8566  8858 -0.034 40.593   22  0.393   22 -0.352   24 -0.289   22 0.4624  3.890 -0.305 -0.273  0.000
NETS          28 54  8741  9048 -0.031 40.702   23  0.334   23 -0.381   23 -0.220   23 0.4596  3.932 -0.027 -0.412  0.000
KINGS         27 55  8104  8677 -0.024 41.522   24  0.321   24 -0.383   27 -0.360   24 0.4578  3.819 -0.722  0.002  0.000
BULLS         27 55  8440  9017 -0.038 40.984   25  0.268   25 -0.410   29 -0.484   25 0.4568  3.893 -0.486 -0.483  0.000
MAVERICKS     24 58  8390  8639 -0.007 41.371   26  0.164   26 -0.478   22 -0.205   26 0.4499  3.846 -0.436  0.027  0.000
MAGIC         25 57  8479  8874 -0.051 40.292   27  0.155   27 -0.480   25 -0.346   27 0.4494  3.893 -0.347 -0.344  0.000
HAWKS         24 58  8475  8922 -0.034 40.894   28  0.141   28 -0.487   26 -0.348   28 0.4479  3.901 -0.309 -0.387  0.000
GRIZZLIES     22 60  8145  8654 -0.024 41.509   29  0.070   29 -0.531   28 -0.476   29 0.4433  3.827 -0.799 -0.154  0.000
SUNS          21 61  8522  9290 -0.025 41.876   30  0.000   30 -0.565   30 -0.556   30 0.4410  3.948 -0.284 -0.828  0.000

PACIFIC DIVISION
STANDARD MED LIKELY PREDICTIVE IMPRVD RPI TEAM W L PF PA SCHED ELOSS RNK RATING RNK RATING RNK RATING RNK RATING P-SCR P-OFF P-DEF H-SCR WARRIORS 68 29 10943 10341 0.060 49.206 2 1.894 2 0.498 2 0.361 2 0.5522 3.965 0.722 0.001 0.000 CLIPPERS 42 40 8937 8934 -0.005 40.814 17 1.021 17 0.027 19 -0.031 17 0.5021 3.954 0.273 -0.334 0.000 LAKERS 35 47 8862 8989 -0.016 40.807 21 0.667 21 -0.175 21 -0.052 21 0.4808 3.931 0.134 -0.237 0.000 KINGS 27 55 8104 8677 -0.024 41.522 24 0.321 24 -0.383 27 -0.360 24 0.4578 3.819 -0.722 0.002 0.000 SUNS 21 61 8522 9290 -0.025 41.876 30 0.000 30 -0.565 30 -0.556 30 0.4410 3.948 -0.284 -0.828 0.000

NORTHWEST DIVISION
STANDARD MED LIKELY PREDICTIVE IMPRVD RPI TEAM W L PF PA SCHED ELOSS RNK RATING RNK RATING RNK RATING RNK RATING P-SCR P-OFF P-DEF H-SCR JAZZ 53 40 9666 9337 0.075 48.224 7 1.382 8 0.210 4 0.352 8 0.5226 3.816 -0.026 0.731 0.000 THUNDER 50 38 9451 9197 0.028 44.313 9 1.302 9 0.170 6 0.173 11 0.5166 3.895 0.179 0.167 0.000 TRAIL BLAZERS 49 37 9083 8906 0.006 42.740 10 1.264 10 0.153 10 0.135 10 0.5169 3.862 -0.019 0.289 0.000 TIMBERWOLVES 48 39 9488 9349 0.046 44.558 12 1.242 12 0.142 14 0.098 12 0.5160 3.928 0.269 -0.073 0.000 NUGGETS 46 36 9020 8899 0.002 40.745 14 1.212 14 0.129 13 0.107 14 0.5132 3.944 0.361 -0.146 0.000

SOUTHWEST DIVISION
STANDARD MED LIKELY PREDICTIVE IMPRVD RPI TEAM W L PF PA SCHED ELOSS RNK RATING RNK RATING RNK RATING RNK RATING P-SCR P-OFF P-DEF H-SCR ROCKETS 76 21 10819 10055 0.060 49.051 1 2.250 1 0.708 1 0.508 1 0.5708 3.923 0.653 0.362 0.000 PELICANS 53 38 10151 10051 0.043 46.671 8 1.371 7 0.212 7 0.151 7 0.5232 3.970 0.535 -0.232 0.000 SPURS 48 39 8908 8715 0.035 44.054 13 1.238 13 0.139 9 0.148 13 0.5145 3.799 -0.308 0.605 0.000 MAVERICKS 24 58 8390 8639 -0.007 41.371 26 0.164 26 -0.478 22 -0.205 26 0.4499 3.846 -0.436 0.027 0.000 GRIZZLIES 22 60 8145 8654 -0.024 41.509 29 0.070 29 -0.531 28 -0.476 29 0.4433 3.827 -0.799 -0.154 0.000

CENTRAL DIVISION
STANDARD MED LIKELY PREDICTIVE IMPRVD RPI TEAM W L PF PA SCHED ELOSS RNK RATING RNK RATING RNK RATING RNK RATING P-SCR P-OFF P-DEF H-SCR CAVALIERS 61 38 10825 10734 0.010 49.653 6 1.467 5 0.270 12 0.112 5 0.5295 3.956 0.427 -0.204 0.000 PACERS 51 38 9360 9207 -0.012 43.728 11 1.261 11 0.152 11 0.133 9 0.5176 3.857 -0.044 0.310 0.000 BUCKS 47 42 9444 9473 -0.004 44.385 15 1.068 15 0.058 17 -0.005 15 0.5075 3.897 0.013 -0.023 0.000 PISTONS 39 43 8509 8521 -0.025 40.239 19 0.860 19 -0.074 20 -0.035 19 0.4918 3.847 -0.261 0.192 0.000 BULLS 27 55 8440 9017 -0.038 40.984 25 0.268 25 -0.410 29 -0.484 25 0.4568 3.893 -0.486 -0.483 0.000

SOUTHEAST DIVISION
STANDARD MED LIKELY PREDICTIVE IMPRVD RPI TEAM W L PF PA SCHED ELOSS RNK RATING RNK RATING RNK RATING RNK RATING P-SCR P-OFF P-DEF H-SCR WIZARDS 45 43 9385 9349 0.016 44.426 16 1.032 16 0.034 16 0.003 16 0.5037 3.893 -0.001 0.006 0.000 HEAT 45 42 8997 9012 -0.015 42.968 18 1.013 18 0.023 18 -0.006 18 0.5017 3.826 -0.334 0.321 0.000 HORNETS 36 46 8874 8853 -0.029 40.043 20 0.691 20 -0.165 15 0.014 20 0.4821 3.931 0.204 -0.175 0.000 MAGIC 25 57 8479 8874 -0.051 40.292 27 0.155 27 -0.480 25 -0.346 27 0.4494 3.893 -0.347 -0.344 0.000 HAWKS 24 58 8475 8922 -0.034 40.894 28 0.141 28 -0.487 26 -0.348 28 0.4479 3.901 -0.309 -0.387 0.000

ATLANTIC DIVISION
STANDARD MED LIKELY PREDICTIVE IMPRVD RPI TEAM W L PF PA SCHED ELOSS RNK RATING RNK RATING RNK RATING RNK RATING P-SCR P-OFF P-DEF H-SCR RAPTORS 63 29 10229 9635 -0.004 44.621 3 1.748 3 0.412 5 0.285 3 0.5430 3.920 0.417 0.153 0.000 CELTICS 66 34 10376 10061 -0.002 49.222 4 1.617 4 0.356 8 0.149 4 0.5390 3.807 -0.269 0.567 0.000 76ERS 57 35 10092 9684 0.007 45.373 5 1.471 6 0.261 3 0.353 6 0.5293 3.928 0.526 0.181 0.000 KNICKS 29 53 8566 8858 -0.034 40.593 22 0.393 22 -0.352 24 -0.289 22 0.4624 3.890 -0.305 -0.273 0.000 NETS 28 54 8741 9048 -0.031 40.702 23 0.334 23 -0.381 23 -0.220 23 0.4596 3.932 -0.027 -0.412 0.000


DIVISION             W   L   PCT  RNK RATING
NORTHWEST DIVISION 246 190 0.564    1  0.202
ATLANTIC DIVISION  243 205 0.542    2  0.094
SOUTHWEST DIVISION 223 216 0.508    3  0.047
CENTRAL DIVISION   225 216 0.510    4 -0.087
SOUTHEAST DIVISION 175 246 0.416    5 -0.170
PACIFIC DIVISION   193 232 0.454    6 -0.184

Home field advantage amounts to:
     0.198 points in main ratings (0.186 for semineutral)
     0.022 points in improved RPI (0.019 for semineutral)
Average of 2.15 points per score
Predict score:
Team Strength vs. Time Plot:
posted: Sat May 26 05:30:21 2018
games through: Fri May 25 2018

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